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Event is barrels of fun

Stacey Freeman with Billy is pretty in pink for the barrell racing championships this weekend.
Stacey Freeman with Billy is pretty in pink for the barrell racing championships this weekend. Vicki Wood/SCA281112barrell6

TWELVE spots are up for grabs this weekend for budding barrel racers with hopes to make their marks on the world stage.

Young and old competitors will head to Caboolture this weekend for the two-day National Barrel Racing Association finals.

The spots up for grabs on December 7 and 8 will see the best of the best travel to the US to compete in the open and junior world championships.

NBRA executive Stacey Freeman, who started barrel racing as a 10-year-old, has already had her fair share of experience at a competitive level.

However this time around Freeman said she planned to take a step back and enjoy the event on the home front.

"We have four divisions, each half a second slower than the first," she said.

"All level racers have the opportunity to represent their country as the top two in each division and the overall winners qualify."

One competitor to watch out for is Beaudesert rider John O'Brien.

O'Brien took out the division four titles at the world championships recently and was the first Australian to pick up prize money.

Division one leader Kristy Nagle from Peaks Crossing was also tipped to claim a spot.

"She's pretty much guaranteed," Freeman said.

While Freeman wasn't competing for a title, she assured she would still be taking part in the Caboolture competition.

"It takes a large amount of practice and training and you have to work with your horses everyday."

"I haven't travelled as much as some of the other guys, hopefully next year I'll be able to push a bit harder.

"It takes a lot of time and money."

On Friday, the Caboolture finals will kick off with a pink theme to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Both horses and competitors will be sporting pink and punters are encouraged to support the cause also.

The association plans to donate $2 for each competitor wearing pink on the day and will fundraise with raffles throughout the weekend.

The National Barrel Racing Association finals will be held at Caboolture on December 7-8 at the Caboolture Arena, Beerburrum Rd.

Doors open Friday from 7pm and Saturday 9am-3pm with presentations to follow.

Entry is free.


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